• 206 Main Street
  • Lemont, IL, 60439
  • United States

Join one of Chicagoland’s most active Christmas Bird Counts. Nearly 100 people volunteer their time on a wintery Sunday to count birds. The count circle includes a wide variety of habitats from the forests of Palos to the pine plantations of the Morton Arboretum to the open grasslands of Green Valley. The Lisle Arboretum Count is part of the National Audubon Society’s national Christmas Count program.

The day of counting birds is followed by a Count Down Dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Gelsomo’s Pizzeria in Lemont.

Dinner & drinks

The cost is $10 per person for COS members and $15 per person for non-members for appetizers, pizza, salad, soft drinks, coffee and dessert. See details below about payment and Gelsomo’s location.

A cash bar will be available during the event.


5:00 Soft drinks and coffee will be served as you tally up your birds 5:30 Food, drinks and dessert will be served 6:30 Count Down begins

Logistics – dinner

*****Pre-registration by e-mail is required for the Count Dinner by 8:00 p.m. on Weds., Dec. 14 to Christine Williamson at birdchris@aol.com.

You may pay by cash or check at the door.

Logistics – bird count

Pre-registration by e-mail is required to participate in the Lisle Christmas Bird Count by 8:00 p.m. on Weds., Dec. 14 to Geoffrey Williamson at geoffrey.williamson@comcast.net. More info is available online at http://geoffwilliamson.info/lislecbc/ 

Count Dinner location:

Gelsomo’s Pizzeria is located at 206 Main Street in downtown Lemont.

Driving directions: From I-55, head south on Lemont Road, cross the Des Plaines River and adjacent canals. Just past the bridge, take the exit on the right for Illinois Street. Follow Illinois Street. to Lemont Street and turn left. Turn left on Main Street. Gelsomo’s is the last building on the left before the overpass of Lemont Road. Park in the train station commuter lot on the right, just across from the restaurant.

The Gelsomo’s Pizzeria website has contact information and a location map http://www.gelslemont.com/about.html